Jail Targeted In Civil Rights Suit

An Albuquerque law firm specializing in claims of wrongful imprisonment, or cases where civil rights have allegedly been violated by governmental agencies, has its sights set on the Sierra County jail. In a lawsuit filed June 25, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Michael Faziani, 57, of Colombia Tennessee, says he suffers from bipolar disorder, and claims he was denied his medication and left untreated in a filthy cell while in solitary confinement here from June 25-July 5, 2012. Those named in the lawsuit are the Sierra County Board of Commissioners, Roxanna Cardenas, Christopher Rees, Leonard Stufflebean and former Jail Administrator Curtis Cherry. According to court records, Faziani was charged with immediate failure to report an accident and making a false police report after hitting a light pole…